Testimony by former Penn St. Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno was read into court records Friday afternoon. His remarks were brief, adding slight detail to his role in the story. The coach said he passed along Mike McQueary's allegations against Jerry Sandusky to athletic director Tim Curley, trusting the right thing would be done.
Here's Paterno, as quoted by the Daily Collegian:
I knew innapropriate action was taken by Jerry Sandusky with a youngster. I told Mike that what he did what was right. I said I would refer his concerns to the right people.
But one portion is going to draw more attention than the others. Paterno said he would've contacted Curley and vice president Gary Schultz immediately, but didn't want to interfere with their weekends. While that won't cut it morally for most people, it's an explanation.
There'd been some concern about the timeline relayed in the grand jury report, where it appears each step in the chain of communication halted the claim for a day or so before transmitting. Sounds like that's exactly what happened.
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